Published on September 13th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Happy Roald Dahl Day!
Since 2006, Roald Dahl Day has been celebrated on the author’s birthday, 13th September. This year the day is even more special as it marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl and it’s going to be the biggest worldwide celebration of Roald Dahl Day ever!
Throughout the month of September special events are taking place to mark the wonderful work of one of the best loved children’s authors. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide including The BFG, Danny, the Champion of the World, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach, to name but a few.
Dahl famously once said; “You can write about anything for children as long as you’ve got humour.”
In Dahl’s writing, his darkly comical characters and often macabre story lines appealed to the mischievous and curious minds of children. His imaginative stories were perfectly complimented by the stunning illustrations by Quentin Blake who brought Dahl’s characters to life.
How to Celebrate Roald Dahl Day
Enter a World of Pure Imagination
As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, what better time to sit back and enjoy some of the many film and TV adaptations of his work? This year saw The BFG come to the big screen, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant. This film is the latest of a number of adaptations of Dahl’s work including, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Earlier this month we sadly lost Gene Wilder who played the fabulous Willy Wonka in that 1971 film adaptation of Dahl’s most popular book. The story was revived again in 2005 with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp.
Many of us may also remember rushing home from school to catch the late Rik Mayall telling the story of George’s Marvellous Medicine on Jackanory back in the 1980s. David Walliams, an avid fan of Dahl’s work, recently presented a TV show, Roald Dahl’s Most Marvellous Book. The show brought together an array of famous faces to discuss their favourite Roald Dahl book.
Be Dahlicious and Dress Up
Children all over the country will be dressing up as characters from Roald Dahl’s books today. Many will be raising money for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity which supports children and their families with serious and rare medical conditions. Dahl himself tragically lost his daughter Olivia when she contracted measles. He dedicated The BFG to his daughter’s memory.
Watch the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical
Over 5,000 schools have signed up to a special free webcast which includes a performance from the Royal Shakespeare Company of Matilda the Musical. Other events included in the web cast include a live draw-along with Quentin Blake and a special message from the cast of the film, The BFG.
Visit the Roald Dahl Museum
The Roald Dahl Museum in Cardiff will be celebrating today with an after school birthday party filled with birthday offers, storytelling and crafting fun. If you visit the museum this Saturday 17th September, you can see the Museum of the Unexpected with extra special festivals of face painting, trails and a few other unexpected surprises. For more details, visit their website.
Roald Dahl Framed Stamp Set
Why not celebrate Roald Dahl Day yourself and buy one of our Roald Dahl Framed Stamp Sets featuring some of his most famous characters? This stamp set is part of a wide selection of Framed Stamps to celebrate sporting events, popular culture and historical events. They are all available to order at the click of a button on next working day deliver from the Post Office Shop.